Now let us first take a close look at their unique characteristics before deciding which one among layers or broilers is more profitable in poultry farming below.
They are birds that basically focus on the production of eggs, so if you’re going into Layers production in poultry farming just know you are going be focusing more on egg production. It can either be fertilize eggs or non-fertilize eggs.
If you’re going into hatchery and incubation of eggs to chick, then you will have to consider fertilization, and this is where you introduce a cock to the layers (Female birds).
But in this post we will rather be focusing more on the aspect of producing the non-fertile eggs that are consumable and produced frequently by the birds at maturity usually between 5 to 6 months of age the birds starts laying egg, one thing about layers is that they need proper care and attention, you have to monitor their feeding, medications, and everything about them including periodic changes in the body system especially that occurs during maturity when they are about to start laying, layers are hot-cake in the market as a good layer can lay up to 7 or 8months minimum of 1 egg daily (under a standard condition and proper monitoring) most big farms make it big in egg production both for consumption and hatching.
If you start with a total of 20,000 birds, currently a crate of egg sells for 800 and if well monitored and supervised 20,000 birds lay one egg per day you can imagine how much you will be making every day from your poultry business.
Most eateries, restaurants, refreshment spots and hotels buy egg at a very large quantity, so you can be so sure of making your sale without stress. There is always a ready market for the sales of egg across the country and you can consider selling them internationally. Industries like paint and emulsion makes use of egg as raw material.
Another advantage of layers is that it can be sold as meat after they might have laid so many eggs and they become too old to lay (after you might have realize your investment and profits) you can still sell them out as meat (chicken) and bring in new stock of Layers to continue the egg production system of layers in your poultry farming the higher the number of your bird, the better result you can get out of the business (Layers production in poultry) now let talk about
These are the meat producers; their gene and strain has been monitored and cross to be a hybrid and fast growing birds so they grow very fast and convert feeds to meat faster. So this means if you are in hurry and you want to breed for a short time make your money and start all over, broilers is very good at that.
Broilers can be breed for just 1month (4weeks) after which they are ready for sale (sold directly or processed into meat and exported).
Broilers are sold based on their size but they make better profit when process through abattoir into meat and exported to other countries, broilers are very fragile and they need much attention and care if you must succeed in this great investment you have to handle them with care, watch their feeds and feeding, neatness is very essential in their house, and most important due to the rate at which they grow fast within a short while, their feeds must be available in the feeding trough always “Al-Libitum” meaning (feeds are always in the feeder’ for them to eat), proper medication must be put in place to check the incidences of diseases outbreak and curb death, infected birds should be isolated in order to safeguard the other birds.
Some Broilers sells for 5000 naira upward in live weight market value if you have 50,000 broilers, 50,000 x 5000 = a whooping sum of 50,000,000 that’s an amazing profit for the start. If you make such a huge progress in the 1st year of production you can equally increase the number of birds for the following production year and you will see how much profit.
You can make in the business. So now let’s compare the both of them:
3) LAYERS OR BROILERS
Altogether, it is left for you to choose base on your preference which one will be better for you, layers or broilers?
Meanwhile below are some factors you might need to consider in making the right choice whether you prefer raising layers or broilers:
- Time availability and how busy are you?
- And how much are you ready to sacrifice for the business?
- How many years are you going to spend in poultry farming business?
- If you have a good amount of money and time then i suggest Layers production but if you don’t have much time but you have money you can consider Broilers.
- Labor force: are you going to employ people?
- Or you are willing to run the farm system on your own
or family labor?
- Base on the system of farming you adopt you can determine this by yourself and as well, you can consider your level of production if it’s a multi-million-naira farm then you can be sure you’ve to employ service of other people and thus Layers is a good choice.
NOTE: If you have good money for the investment, and time you can as well you run a large scale Broilers and Layer Poultry farm else then you can make a wise choice of which of them to produce either the layers or broilers.